ENGIE at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

By ENGIE - 01 September 2021 - 10:06

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is held every four years and brings together all IUCN members in order for them to vote on their recommendations (or motions) to international bodies and governments/states. 
Alongside the congress, COPs are held every two years on biodiversity and climate.

ENGIE is a partner of the IUCN’s French Committee. The French Committee provides its expertise to the Group, allowing it to further integrate biodiversity into its strategy and activities. ENGIE supports and participates in projects and initiatives led by the IUCN’s French Committee. 

Because ENGIE’s activities are constantly intertwined with biodiversity and natural ecosystems, these issues are a major priority for the Group.
On one hand, the Group’s activities partly depend on resources provided by ecosystems (biomass resources, water, and climate regulation): protecting the environment is therefore vital in maintaining the availability and wealth of the natural resources upon which Group activities depend.

On the other, these activities also carry a potential impact on biodiversity: habitat fragmentation and disruption resulting from site activity, in particular for reservoirs for hydroelectric power generation, disruption of birds and bats by wind farms, etc.

Furthermore, ENGIE’s purpose is to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral world, through solutions that use less energy and are more environmentally friendly, reconciling economic performance with positive impacts on people and the planet. Yet to work towards carbon neutrality, and to act in favour of both the climate and the planet, the respect of biodiversity must be considered. 


Servicing programme: 




CEO Summit

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September 3, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 pm
Place: Auditorium
Participants: Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (Chairman of ENGIE’s Board of Directors), Pierre Chambon (Chief Executive Officer, Storengy France)


The CEO Summit will include three round tables around the following themes: 

  • “Safeguarding nature across value chains”
  • “Creating new business models and opportunities”
  • “Enabling a nature-positive future”

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu will be speaking in the second round table alongside management from EDF, Shell, TotalEnergies, and Veolia. 

The Summit will provide an opportunity for companies to introduce measures which have been implemented to accelerate the transformation towards a sustainable society. It will also enable companies to make an urgent appeal for governments to act and define new policies that will make companies commit to do more for nature. 

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., cocktail hosted by the French Government

Company commitments for biodiversity, event at the IUCN’s French Committee pavilion

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September 4, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Place: IUCN’s French Committee pavilion
Participants: Elsa Favrot (Environmental Project manager, ENGIE CSR Department), Pierre Chambon (Chief Executive Officer, Storengy France), Denis Leca (Biodiversity Manager, Storengy France)


10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: A session dedicated to raising awareness about biodiversity in employees
Denis Leca will devote 5 minutes to introducing the training module on “biodiversity cafés” launched across Storengy sites in 2021.

11:00 a.m. to noon: Presentation by partner companies of the IUCN’s French Committee
Through 2 round tables, 9 partner companies (EDF, ENGIE, Storengy, Veolia, Heidelberg Cement France, Eqiom, L’Occitane, Primagaz, Nestlé Waters France) of the IUCN French Committee will present the concrete actions they have planned in favour of biodiversity to contribute to the 2030 Nature programme. They will also show how support from the French Committee has reinforced their strategies. 

Elsa Favrot will represent ENGIE GROUP, and Pierre Chambon will represent Storengy France.

As for ENGIE, commitments are organised around 4 orientations: 

  • Orientation 1 – Footprints and ecological continuity
  • Orientation 2 – Climate change
  • Orientation 3 – Supply chain
  • Orientation 4 – Raising awareness 

The event will be followed by an opening drinks party.


Pitch: “Biodiversity seen from the sky: how drones optimise the protection of birds of prey in wind turbine areas”

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September 4, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Place: Agora 2
Participants: Pauline Millot (CSR & Innovation Project Manager, ENGIE France Renewables)


Technology can be a real asset to complement the observations of naturalists in the field. As part of development projects in wind farms, drones are sometimes used to geolocate the nests of ground-nesting birds of prey. In addition to the expertise of ecologists, data collected with drones is used to protect broods and also enrich the knowledge of local species. 

The pitch will be an opportunity to demonstrate the complementarity of techniques and expertise through the example of cooperation between local naturalists and wind farm developers. Awareness will also be raised about opportunities new technologies provide in protecting biodiversity.

High-level meeting for “Partners committed to nature,” Partners Committed to Nature cocktail, and new Partner Companies awards

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September 6 morning
Place: OFB stand
Participants: Pierre Chambon (Chief Executive Officer, Storengy France) and Denis Leca (Biodiversity Manager, Storengy France)


Cocktail under the auspices of the Chief Executive Officer of the French Office for Biodiversity.


ECO-FM Pitch

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September 6 afternoon
Place: OFB stand
Participants: Pierre Chambon (Chief Executive Officer, Storengy France) and Denis Leca (Biodiversity Manager, Storengy France)


Joint presentation by Terideal and Storengy on the ECO-FM contract at the OFB stand.

Pitch: “Wind farms and avifauna: sharing the sky”

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September 7, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm
Place: Agora 1
Participants: Pauline Millot (CSR & Innovation Project Manager, ENGIE France Renewables), Mailys Peter (Biodiversity project engineer, CNR)


ENGIE and CNR will present provisions which have been implemented to reconcile avifauna preservation with wind farm development

The purpose of this talk is to show how wind turbines and avifauna can live together sustainably in the French landscape by sharing an inexhaustible, renewable natural resource, the wind. Through a journey between the sky and the earth, we will show how people and birds can share all the aspects of a single territory using methods established by wind farm developers, in cooperation with a territory’s stakeholders. We will also show this cohabitation can evolve over time, thanks to technological progress and innovative solutions, in order for this fair division to be the guiding principle of environmental, energetic, and societal transition.

Pitch: “How agroforestry and wind farming are partnering in favour of biodiversity”

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September 7, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm
Place: Agora 1
Participants: Mélanie Lebris (Biodiversity project manager, ENGIE Green)


ENGIE will introduce results from developing agroforestry alongside establishing wind turbines in rural environments. 

ENGIE GREEN develops and operates wind farms in France, including one in the Ardennes mountains, for which an impact analysis had concluded in a loss of habitat for nesting avifauna. To mitigate this impact, ENGIE Green has co-financed the planting of agroforestry trees in two farmland areas to test the efficiency of this biodiversity measure, particularly for birds and bats. The project is led in partnership with the farm, the Grouping of Ardennes Naturalists, the French Agroforestry Association, and ENGIE Green. In 2019, both associations started a 5-year monitoring programme of insects, birds, and bats, along with a study of water and carbon cycles. The project illustrates the interdependence between issues related to energy, farming, and the protection of biodiversity


Pitch by Companies Committed to Nature (EEN-Act4nature France)

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September 8, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm
Place: OFB stand
Participants: Elsa Favrot (Envir. Project manager, ENGIE CSR Department)


Presentation of EEN-act4nature France’s 2021 commitments, alongside those of act4nature International’s commitments. We will address the main purposes of the 2020-2030 roadmap:

Orientation 1 – Footprints and ecological continuity
Whether in cities or the countryside, ENGIE’s sites can contribute to restoring ecological continuity and preserving ordinary biodiversity. 

Orientation 2 – Climate change
ENGIE is a major stakeholder in the energy transition and consequently contributes to lowering its pressure on biodiversity. This orientation is mainly covered by the Group’s science-based target commitments, which were recognised early 2020. Implementing nature-based solutions is also part of our objectives.

Orientation 3 – Direct and indirect impacts
Impacts on biodiversity are distributed across the whole value chain. When analysing risks and opportunities, the Group therefore integrates potential impacts of its activities, as well as of those caused by the supply chain.

Orientation 4 – Raising awareness
Fulfilling the Group’s commitments can only occur with the involvement of every employee. We are therefore developing tools for raising awareness and sharing best practices that will be accessible to all

Group act4nature commitments

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September 8, 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm
Place: act4nature stand
Coordination: Elsa Favrot, Malena Alvarez, ENGIE CSR management


An afternoon devoted to presenting ENGIE’s biodiversity commitments and concrete actions it has taken, including, for example: 

  • Biomonitoring bees at Storengy SAS
  • Environmentally friendly gas storage site management at Storengy France 
  • Managing biodiversity in renewable energies
  • Research and development’s contribution to biodiversity
  • Optimising sites for pollinators in the United States
  • Restoring mangroves in the Middle East
  • Protecting trout in a Spanish hydroelectric operation

Act4nature report

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September 9, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 pm
Place: IUCN’s French Committee stand
Participants: Elsa Favrot (Envir. Project manager, ENGIE CSR Department)


Taking stock of act4nature’s 2018 commitments. 

Commitments stemmed from 3 ambitions: 

  • Identify and raise awareness internally about all the benefits and opportunities that stem from actions that support biodiversity
  • Implement voluntary joint actions with stakeholders on Group sites
  • Anchor biodiversity as an aspect of the Group’s performance in its own right

Most actions were completed late 2020; incomplete actions were renewed as part of new objectives. 


ENGIE Foundation 


Breakfast on the theme of “Women committed to sustainable development”

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September 4, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 am
Place: MUCEM
Participants: Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (Chairman of ENGIE’s Board of Directors) and Philippe Peyrat (ENGIE Foundation General Delegate)


Breakfast hosted by Nathalie Simon. 

The ENGIE Foundation is a founding sponsor of MUCEM and supported the development of the Museum of Migrations. 

The foundation supports an access programme to MUCEM culture: destination MUCEM, a learning bus that meets remote audiences (3-year programme) Highly committed to combating poverty and to providing culture for all across our territory, the ENGIE Foundation is an operation sponsor. In Marseilles, 28% of the population lives in underprivileged neighbourhoods. This precarious economic situation deprives them from many sports and cultural activities. With Destination Mucem, 70 children and adults are able to discover the Mucem every Sunday, thanks to the bus. The presentation starts on the journey and is led by tour guides who introduce the tour to the five exhibition spaces.
The MUCEM will be hosting “Origamis for Life,” a participatory artwork. The Foundation will make contributions for each origami, in support of a food programme in underprivileged neighbourhoods.

Lunch will be co-hosted by the Museum of Natural History and the MUCEM

Subject: “Women committed to sustainable development” - facilitated by Nathalie Simon
40 participants
In partnership with Earth Sisters and Respect Océan 
(guest minister: Sarah El Haïry – Junior Minister in charge of Youth)

The ENGIE foundation supports Earth Sisters’ Childhood & Youth programme ==> 2,500 primary and middle school pupils on 3 sailboats, with female leadership, and Access to Energy & Biodiversity ==> partners of 2 promotions of 31 women, with 31 projects devoted to environmental transition

Signing of the Foundation’s partnership agreements with the MUCEM chairman and the Earth Sisters Association, cheque presentation ceremony rewarding the “Origamis for life” operation with artist Charles Kaisin

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September 4, 10 a.m.
Place: MUCEM
Participants: Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (Chairman of ENGIE’s Board of Directors) and Philippe Peyrat (ENGIE Foundation General Delegate

Musée de l’Homme / ENGIE Foundation award ceremony

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September 4, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm
Place: IUCN dome
Participants: Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (Chairman of ENGIE’s Board of Directors) and Philippe Peyrat (ENGIE Foundation General Delegate)


The research talent award aims to encourage research on the theme of social resilience to climate change, studying the past to understand the future. 
The event will be attended by Bruno David, President of the Natural History Museum, Bérangère Abba, junior minister reporting to the Minister of Ecological Transition, in charge of Biodiversity, Alain Bougrain-Dubourg, and Gilles Bœuf.


Award ceremony for the “Petit Prince” writing competition (ENGIE Foundation co-partnership with the Saint-Exupéry Foundation)

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September 4, from 3:00 pm 
Place: Esplanade 3, “Générations Nature” outdoor area (stand H4)
Participants: Philippe Peyrat (ENGIE Foundation General Delegate)


This event will be attended by Sarah El Haïry, junior minister in charge of youth and civic engagement reporting to the Minister for Education.


Signing of the Foundation’s partnership with the Respect Ocean association

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September 4, from 4:30 pm
Place: Esplanade 3, “Générations Nature” outdoor area (stand H4)
Participants: Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (Chairman of ENGIE’s Board of Directors) and Philippe Peyrat (ENGIE Foundation General Delegate)


This event will be attended by the Minister for the Sea, and by a RespectOcean representative. 

Founded by navigator and scientist Raphaëla Le Gouvello, Respect Ocean falls under the 1901 French law on Associations and brings together actors and companies who are committed to sustainable development through protecting and preserving our oceans, coastlines, and their ecosystems. The association’s project revolves around the idea that economic development and ocean protection are compatible.

It brings together nearly 70 economic and association stakeholders
Project presentation: structuring a “Marine Biodiversity and Economy” programme

Marine biodiversity undergoes many pressures from human activities. 

Yet this biodiversity provides services that are essential to the balance of life on Earth. Biodiversity must urgently be taken into account when planning all key sectors. Various political and legal tools have been developed to optimise how marine environments and human activities are managed, yet their effects are insufficient. Economic stakeholders have a crucial part to play. 

RespectOcean aims to develop an unprecedented programme, “Marine Biodiversity and Economy,” in conjunction with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and as part of the “Partner committed to Nature” programme. RespectOcean wants to ensure that marine and coastal biodiversity issues are better taken into account by the business world, to heighten awareness.

In detail:

  • Expert panel structuring
  • Business club launch and themed working groups
  • Development of tools and manuals to better take marine biodiversity into account


  • To encourage and acknowledge companies, territories, and partners who are committed to marine and coastal biodiversity.
  • To engage with business stakeholders and promote initiatives which support economic development that preserves biodiversity.
  • RespectOcean will attend various bodies as an original voice for collective initiative.
  • This is an opportunity for ENGIE to participate in the serious, in-depth work of a promising young association with a pragmatic, constructive approach to the increasingly pressing, publicised needs of biodiversity



In “Générations Nature” areas

Stand in “Générations Nature” (EGN) areas

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September 3-7 

A stand for understanding and exploring the Rhône. As part of the “Générations Nature” areas, a village devoted to biodiversity, CNR and its partners will be offering various educational activities that will be open to the general public and to schoolchildren, in order to bring out the beauty, treasures, and fragility of the Rhône River. Called “Explorers of the Rhône River,” the stand will feature various interactive devices in partnership with the Tara Océan Foundation, Plastic@sea, Spygen, the Migrateurs Rhône Méditerranée (MRM) association, Valat Tower, the Permanent Centre of Environmental Initiatives (PCEI), and Odyssée. Green.

From research to action: Mobilising territories to combat plastic pollution in rivers and oceans

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September 7, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm
Place: Main stage of the “Génération Nature” area 

CNR will hold an event on the issue of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans and on territorial solutions. Mobilisation on this topic is essential, as President Macron recently reminded us, calling for a worldwide agreement on plastic. CNR and its partners, Initiatives pour l’Avenir des Grands fleuves (IAGF) and the Tara Océan Foundation are fully committed to this, including through their joint initiative, the Plastic-Free River Charter to help local authorities provide solutions and mobilise against this menace. With Elisabeth Ayrault (CNR President), Erik Orsenna (IAGF President), Romain Troublé (Director of Tara Océan Foundation), and Christophe Bouillon (Mayor of Barentin, a Charter signatory, and President of the Association of Small French Towns, a Charter partner). 


At the Forum exhibition 

September 4-9 

As a partner of the Vigilife alliance, CNR will be present on the dedicated Forum stand. 

Environmental DNA to identify and preserve biodiversity in rivers

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September 7 

The conference will present Vigilife international alliance’s “30 Sentinel Rivers” programme. It will be organised with CNR and the IAGF, alliance partners, and will be attended by Elisabeth Ayrault, CNR CEO and Erik Orsenna, IAGF President, as well as byArnaud Collin, Vigilife’s Secretariat Director, and by Vincent Prié, head of Spygen’s “River” project.

Side event: Solutions for nature-based adaptation to climate change (SAFN)

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September 7, 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 

Christophe Moiroud, head of the programme for the Rhône’s environmental restoration (CNR), will speak in the side event to address nature-based solutions deployed in the Rhône to mitigate the risk of flooding


Part of the “Corporations & Research” event

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September 8, 12.45 at the French* pavilion

Franck Pressiat, head of the environmental centre (CNR) will speak in this event, organised by the Ministry of Ecological Transition (MET) devoted to research and companies. 
He will provide insights about sharing CNR’s expertise and engineering in the Rhône’s restoration internationally, as well as IAGF’s work. He will also address the benefits of an international approach for other rivers and ecosystems in the world, as well as the advantages of this feedback for even more effective and sustainable actions on the Rhône

Official excursion: Press and NGO visit of the Donzère-Mondragon natural reserve

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September 9, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm

CNR will offer a tour of the Donzère-Mondragon hunting and wildlife reserve as part of the congress’s official programme. The tour will be an opportunity to introduce the reserve, which is one of 22 French sites on the “green list” of IUCN-protected areas, co-managed by CNR and the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB), and home to the Bollène hydroelectric plant, where the Congress’s energy will be produced